People are standing, many of them masked in the silliest outfits.
From dog CPR to ‘thirsty’ grass, watch the silliest summer segments from across the nation.
It is the silliest tale a distressed generation of men ever took to telling one another.
It is the falsehood of the silliest poetry to say he defies the image of his beloved.
That a man is not a gentleman who works with his hands, is the meanest, silliest article in the social creed of our country.
And I, the son of my father, have been caught too, like the silliest fish of them all.
The silliest thing that business-men could do would be to give all their property away and turn their families into the street.
The quarrel may have been about the silliest trifle imaginable.
It was the silliest thing, she told herself, you didn't base important decisions on tea leaves.
“I think it is the silliest thing I ever heard of,” said Kitty frankly.
Old English gesælig "happy, fortuitous, prosperous" (related to sæl "happiness"), from Proto-Germanic *sæligas (cf. Old Norse sæll "happy," Old Saxon salig, Middle Dutch salich, Old High German salig, German selig "blessed, happy, blissful," Gothic sels "good, kindhearted"), from PIE *sele- "of good mood; to favor," from root *sel- (2) "happy, of good mood; to favor" (cf. Latin solari "to comfort," Greek hilaros "cheerful, gay, merry, joyous").
This is one of the few instances in which an original long e (ee) has become shortened to i. The same change occurs in breeches, and in the American pronunciation of been, with no change in spelling. [Century Dictionary]The word's considerable sense development moved from "happy" to "blessed" to "pious," to "innocent" (c.1200), to "harmless," to "pitiable" (late 13c.), "weak" (c.1300), to "feeble in mind, lacking in reason, foolish" (1570s). Further tendency toward "stunned, dazed as by a blow" (1886) in knocked silly, etc. Silly season in journalism slang is from 1861 (August and September, when newspapers compensate for a lack of hard news by filling up with trivial stories). Silly Putty trademark claims use from July 1949.